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XP Home - Should I Install SP3


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#1 BWSue

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 12:29 PM

Greetings

My problem is a bit different due to the fact that I am using an iMac computer. I have divided my hard drive using BootCamp. Half of my system in using a Mac OS and the other half has Windows XP Home OS.

My XP Home hard drive has 120 GB free space, and I have Service Pack 2 and all of it's updates to date. The next automatic update is of course, Service Pack 3. I tried the installation a few times, using tips I found
on this forum, however it simply will not install, giving me the following error.

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I cannot receive any further updates, since I cannot update to SP3. I'm wondering if it's even necessary at all... should I continue or just turn off automatic updates and stay put? And, if I should continue, how can I get it installed?

Thanks.

Edited by BWSue, 24 June 2011 - 12:30 PM.

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#2 Allan

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 04:29 PM

I suggest you create an image of your hard drive and then replace it with a larger drive. Restore the image and update to sp3

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 05:24 PM

Thank you, Allan for your suggestion.

However, I don't understand why I need a larger hard drive while I all ready have 120 GB free space. From the error, it seems it only requires 8 MB at the most. This is why I'm stumped.
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 05:30 PM

Sorry, I didn't take the time to completely read your post and misunderstood the question. My fault.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 07:03 AM

When you set-up the partition, which drive letter did you assign to Windows XP? The download for SP3 is attempting to install in C:\. Maybe it needs to be redirected to the different drive letter you used?

Allen, could that be the problem? Inquiring minds want to know. :-)

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 07:57 AM

You can download and save SP3 and do a manual install and its a 316 MB download
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/confirmation.aspx?id=24

Edited by Ramchu, 25 June 2011 - 08:01 AM.


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Posted 25 June 2011 - 08:46 AM

Well...your hard drive may have ample space...but the message addresses the partition space, not disk space.

If you post a screenshot from Disk Management, that should clear up my confusion.

Start/Run...type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

FWIW: Any XP system that does not have SP3 installed...may be missing close to 200 critical updates (about 100 included in SP3, about 100 after SP3). Needless to say, that represents a poor system defense posture.

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 12:40 PM

Louis,

Here is the image you requested.

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I assumed it's best to have the update of course, but sometimes it seems things are better before you update. *lol*
Anyway, this I hope, makes things more clear.

Thank you all for your help in this matter.

P.S. I also tried downloading and manually installing. Unfortunately, same error. :(

Edited by BWSue, 30 June 2011 - 03:51 PM.

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 03:52 PM

Looking at disk management...that error message you receive makes no sense at all.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956894

I would have to question the operational status of the hard drive...or something quirky like the CMOS battery...or the RAM.

Ooops...take a look, http://www.windowsreference.com/general/error-there-is-not-enough-disk-space-when-installing-sp3/

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 04:20 PM

Ah ha! Thank you Louis! I'll post here to let you know how it goes.

*Edits* Posted Image Rock-N-Roll! I now have Service Pack 3 installed and automatic updates ran and I have to restart now.

I can't thank you enough for your help. Top Notch!

Edited by BWSue, 30 June 2011 - 05:06 PM.

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